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Summary

Read by David Ault, this unabridged recording of Idries Shah's Reflections is a collection of Sufi fables, aphorisms, and statements that challenge the conditioned mind. The audiobook confronts the listener with unaccustomed perspectives and ideas in an attempt to set the mind free, to see how things really are.

As the book's foreword states, "Do you imagine that fables exist only to amuse or to instruct, and are based upon fiction? The best ones are delineations of what happens in real life, in the community and in the individual's mental processes."

When it was first published in 1968, Reflections was acclaimed by the BBC's The Critics program as an Outstanding Book of the Year.

©1968, 2014 Idries Shah Foundation (P)2014 Idries Shah Foundation

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Great Rendition of a Favourite Book

Would you consider the audio edition of Reflections to be better than the print version?

This new audio version of Reflections is a great alternative for people on the move, those who just need a change from reading, anyone with little time, and people who need reading material in an audio format.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Reflections?

Reflections stimulates thought about a vast range of human issues, and the book also includes some useful tips on observing the human condition, both within oneself – and without.

What about David Ault’s performance did you like?

Definitely when David Ault emulates different voices!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Reflections – Mirroring the Mind

Any additional comments?

I sometimes found judicious use of the pause button was helpful at the end of some quotations, giving me a little more time to digest what was said.

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enjoyable book with plenty of wisdom but not for those not used to sufi type stories. Stories told can end abruptly.

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Multi-faceted collection

What did you like most about Reflections?

Shah writes with rare precision and lucidity. He can strip a story down to its essential elements or explain complicated concepts with deceptively simple language.

What other book might you compare Reflections to, and why?

One difference between Reflections and some of his other collections like Thinkers of the East is that here Shah mixes in his own stories and observations along with the work of classical Sufi Masters.

Which character – as performed by David Ault – was your favourite?

Ault's first-rate reading serves the content well.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended for anyone interested in Sufism, superb writing, and fresh viewpoints on human behavior.